Andres Guerrero

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César Andrade - Cold Water Swimmer
Location: Rockaway Beach, NY
Nationality: United States
Biography: b. 1980, Bogotá, Colombia EDUCATION                         (2023)          MA Global & Joint Program Studies - NYU Journalism + Latin American &... MORE
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César Andrade - Cold Water Swimmer
Copyright Andres Guerrero 2022
Updated Apr 2022
While some people challenge themselves to swim once a year in ‘polar bear’ events, Cesar Andrade swims in cold water every day at Rockaway Beach in New York City.

Andrade said that he swims in cold water to improve his physical and mental health. He mentioned that a lot of people battle with impostor syndrome in their everyday lives. Swimming in cold water removes those feelings - and gives him the confidence to overcome fear.

“I want to feel harmony with the universe… and feel alive,” he said. “self-doubt is our worst enemy.”

(photos and interview made on Dec. 13, 2021)

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The story behind the photos:

I normally swim or surf in the ocean every day. I always carry a small, toy point and shoot film camera with me when I go out to the water. That day, the waves were not that great, so I swam. The beach was empty because of the cold temperature. I wear a 6mm wetsuit with boots, hood, and gloves in cold water. That day the temperature was nearly 48° F.  The water temperature displayed nearly the same ~ 46°F. No wind. After I completed my swim, I saw a man walking toward the rocks. He began changing his clothes and my curiosity struck... 
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